I have to admit that we have continued to grab fast food several times a week, despite my decision to explore prepared supermarket foods. But my husband and I have worked together to minimize the negative nutritional impact of these meals. Here's how:
- We never give our kids the full meal. Most of the time, we don't even order the kid's meal and instead get adult-size chicken strips or nuggets. But even when we do order a kid's meal, we dole out only a couple of fries. And we order a diet soda that we keep for ourselves.
- If healthier substitutions are available, we make them. This is a pretty obvious one, but is worth stating. Opt for apples instead of fries, lowfat milk instead of soda, etc.
- The kids drink water. We always have water in the car with us, and that's what the kids get to drink. Our younger son is somewhat allergic to milk, and I prefer that the boys drink organic milk, so we generally don't make that substitution and instead get the kid's meal soda for ourselves and give the kids water.